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King of the Zombies

Published 1941

A plane flying to the Bahamas gets blown off course and crashes on the island of the mysterious Dr. Sangare. Jefferson Jackson (Mantan Moreland) tries to warn his fellow survivors that the island's haunted but they all soon learn there's more going on than they initially supposed...
Find out more about this movie on its IMDB page.

Run time 1:07:11
Producer Lindsley Parsons
Production Company Monogram Pictures
Audio/Visual sound, b&w
Language English


Reviewer: tracy50 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2015
Subject: boooo
rah chester is that u
Reviewer: ubang - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2012
Subject: Fun Flick
Mantan Moreland and Zombies, need I say more!
Reviewer: qrper - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2011
Subject: Nice PR film
I too immediately noted that Mantan Moreland's name on the titles, while third, was written in a larger typeface. Great recognition, and deservidely so. Not a bad Monogram PR fil,
Reviewer: stingrayfilms - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2010
Subject: Dr. Sangre
Anyone else notice the peculiar name Dr. Sangre? A variation of "sang" which means blood in French. This movie could have been called "Doctor Blood's Island (of Zombies)". Lugosi was at Monogram at the time doing B-movies and it's a shame he wasn't cast as the Dr. Otherwise very enjoyable film with great comic relief by Moreland who is the whole show here.
Reviewer: appledecca - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2010
Subject: Excellent tempo, fulla fun flick..
fancy smiling..? check out Mantan Moreland ...Thank you.
Reviewer: ohsnapiam56 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 3, 2010
Subject: Moreland comes out on top!
As an Black woman growing up in the fifties, I am familiar with all the stereotypical roles for blacks back then. I also know that many actors did what they could to bring a little dignity to their parts generated by a racist system. So with that in mind, I watched this movie and I have to say Mr. Moreland stole the show. In fact his name, although listed 3rd, is in larger letters than his white male co-star. He really is the star of the movie and when he isn't onscreen the movie drags. He is not a subservient butler...he is more along the lines of Eddie 'Rochester Anderson'. And, like Anderson, often shows his boss to be the dumb one. So I think this movie is worth a watch just for Mr. Moreland and the rest of the black actors who really make the movie. Take into consideration the time when this was made and you will see that, nonetheless, Mr. Moreland was able to show his talent.
Reviewer: katpooh9 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2010
Subject: It's better dialog
Go ahead and make fun of "Good gracious, me!" It's better than the crap that passes for "dialog" in modern movies. Modern movies have a bunch of dysfunctional jackasses screaming profanities at each other, and it's made more pathetic by the fact that they think they're cool. Why bother hiring writers at all?

Now I admit I haven't seen all zombie movies that exist, but I noticed that there doesn't seem to be any zombies that wear glasses. Why is that? I never see any near-sighted zombies attack a bush or a power pole.
Reviewer: mysticx0 - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2010
Subject: :)
good fun movie lol if you like b movies of that period! alot of it has some things you could never see in a movie today because this "cry for me" generation likes to whine and throw race into everything. still it is kinda fucked up.

mantan moreland steals the show and is the best actor of the bunch. and Marguerite Whitten as the maid...well, just wow. she was really hot and would be in ANY era. seriously. she is fine.

so sit back and have some fun
Reviewer: rsadler - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2010
Subject: Zombie Racist Fails to Keep Negro from Stealing the Show
Mantan Moreland's the name I learned in the reviews.
In the movie he was just the real star. Made to stay and sleep in the kitchen he shined in the film with frenetic humor. Although a B movie it was a pleasant hour while I ate breakfast.

I watched the streaming version and while convenient it had big pixel blocks in it. I read in the reviews that the MPEG 1 download is excellent quality. Try the download rather than the streaming. Pleasant hour.
Reviewer: picfixer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2010
Subject: Old fashion zombies galore, and not a flesh eater in the bunch.
Good gracious, me! Zombies to the left of him, and zombies to the right of him! What's Mantan Moreland's solution? Join them, and become the leader of a zombie squad! This laugher is Mantan Moreland's movie, and for once he actually gets equal billing in the opening credits. The plot is typical Monogram nonsense about hoo-doo voodoo and zombies controlled by a Nazi spy - in other words, the perfect setting for Mantan Moreland to do his hilarious best. I really love this guy, and have since I saw my first Charlie Chan movie on a nine-inch, black and white TV, and heard my first, "Good gracious, me!"
Reviewer: doowopbob - favorite - December 26, 2009
Subject: Snoresville....!
Mantan Was No Willie Best, Who Bob Hope Called The Best Comic In The Biz..!...Get A Copy Of 1940s Ghost Breakers For Some Real Fun..!
Reviewer: Vance Capley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2008
Subject: King of the Zombies gets the Comedy Crown!
This movie is the perfect vehicle for Mantan Moreland! He was a comic king! If you like Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, you may not like this one. But if you want to watch something after it...this is the one!
Reviewer: dracula lugosi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2008
Subject: psp version works and looks fine
good funny movies yet bad
Reviewer: RevRoach - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2008
Subject: B-Trash
This is a bad movie.
I have downloaded 4 diff copys and own 2 dvds.
I was suckered into loving this B-Trash.
This has got to be one of the funnist films I've seen on the archives.
If you watched "Borat" and said, "Oh, No! He didn't just say that!" then you will understand my love of this film.
This film is/isn't like alot of films of its time. When it comes to race, it is downright rude, but most of those lines are said BY the black guy. And HE is funny as all hell.
Not a great film if your looking for art, but if you just want some light entertainment download this NOW!
Reviewer: beale - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2008
Subject: Ogg Vorbis rocks
I downloaded the Ogg version and the MPEG1 for comparison. I couldn't tell a difference and the Ogg version takes lots less disk space. As to the movie, Mantan Moreland makes this film. His role is stereotypical for the day. It's interesting to observe films like this that reflect the attitudes and trends of the times. The story line is predictable, but there is much more to make it worth watching.
Reviewer: Shadows_Girl - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2008
Subject: Before You Write a Review...
Try watching the movie. Bela Lugosi is not in this film (that's Henry Victor as Dr. Miklos Sangre) and that's only part of what the previous reviewer got wrong. The other thing is that the movie is a comedy-thriller (not a horror movie) with Mantan Moreland (the King of the Double-Take) doing what he did best---make people laugh. It's not a GREAT movie...but it doesn't suck, either. I'll give it three stars.
Reviewer: junya - favorite - November 11, 2007
Subject: Downloading? Read this first!
Based on the unanimous favorable reviews, I downloaded this movie. But the only reason I sat through the entire movie was just to write this warning, to save others from my dreadful fate. If you must see this (homework assignment or something), at least you shouldn't feel as bamboozled as I did.

I'm not going to waste my time trying to come up with clever ways to describe how bad this movie is. Straight to the point: it sucks, it's lame, it's not even camp (except when the hero - "Mr. Bill" - emerges from a plane crash with his suit, tie, and breast-pocket hankie spotlessly intact).

Still want to watch this movie? Then watch the thumbnails - the movie is just as stagnant. It's misleading to call this a "movie": it refuses to budge. It's not just about zombies - it IS a zombie: empty, lifeless, soulless. Dig the first scene and you've seen the entire movie, which just loops the same crap like a nightmare: stiff acting, mindless dialog, bug-eyed darkie in the background. If that's all it takes to entertain you, this crud's for you.

Age of the movie is no excuse - the Marx Brothers classics were all made in 1929-1937. The year of "King of the Zombies" (1941) also produced "Citizen Kane", "The Maltese Falcon", Olsen and Johnson's Hellzapoppin' (with Hollywood's best jitterbug dance scene), and the year's top money-maker: Abbott and Costello's "Buck Privates". In fact, the movie feels like a pale precursor to "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein". Yarbrough, the director, went on to later direct a few Abbott and Costello flicks - the ones that flopped. "King of the Zombies" was as trashy in 1941 as it is today.

Do yourself a favor. If you're looking for a zombie B-movie that reveals the dark side of whiteness, check out the 1932 "White Zombie". It's got imagery, atmosphere, and profound lines like:

"Surely you don't think she's alive, in the hands of natives. Oh no! Better dead than that."

Best of all, it's got the world's most beloved junkie, Bela Lugosi, and His Highness is nearly as mack daddy pimp cool as in the original "Dracula".

OK - you've been warned.
Reviewer: constantgardner - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2007
Subject: Must See - exceptional script for 1930's horror genre movie
I remember seeing bits and pieces of this movie in the 70's when I was a little girl on our television in NC. Now, living in FL around many from the Haitian culture, I often wondered what the name of that movie with the zombies was so I could see it again. I got it on a compilation of other movies and if you haven't seen it you should. Regardless of any interest in horror, it's not scary, but it is interesting, entertaining and funny. I can't believe it is from the 30's. The actors do a good job and you will be glad you watched it.
Reviewer: moxey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2007
Subject: Funny
Great little horror/comedy.Mantan Moreland is excellent.
Reviewer: smile728 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2007
Subject: King of the Zombies: "Horror movie" with humor
This movie really tickled my funny bone. It wasn't at all what I expected, and shortly into the film I found myself laughing out loud at some of the hilarious antics. It has its serious "what's gonna happen to them?" side, but I found myself really engrossed in this movie. I didn't know what the lines were going to be next: funny or frightening. A real treat. I watched the 256k mp4 on my Palm E2, and it looked and sounded great.

I look forward to DL'ing the mpeg2 and making a DVD to watch on our television.
Reviewer: jimelena - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 13, 2006
Subject: Zombie King
You may be surprised, as I was, to find the zombies have a king.
Probably an honorary title, more of a figure head than an actual ruler.
Go ahead and watch it just for fun.
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2006
Subject: good fine
An delightfully entertaining spooky and funny B-grade horror movie. Well, until the ending.

A plane crash lands on an Caribbean island where evil emanates from a mansion ridden with hidden passages. The planes' occupants take refuge there and barely escape with their lives from the clutches of the sinister owner. Voodoo, zombies and Nazis! Mantan Moreland, comedy sidekick in several Charlie Chan mysteries, has a larger role here and is in great form.

I downloaded the mpeg1 file. Very good video and audio.
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